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pièce de résistance

Definitions

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  • n. A masterpiece; the most memorable accomplishment of one’s career or lifetime.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • The most important piece or feature; the show piece; the main event or incident in any round or series, as the most forcible article in a magazine, the principal exhibition or performance in a show or theatrical entertainment, or the most substantial dish in a dinner.

Etymologies

From French pièce de résistance. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • When Johnny drops his black bean soup on the floor, it goes “kershplat” and Mommy scurries about yammering unintelligibly while she wipes his beautiful pièce de résistance off the floor.

    Raising Children Who Think for Themselves

  • The fireplace was surrounded with loops of the same yellow damask, and the bed, the focusing point, the rococo pièce de résistance of the whole room, was befrilled and befurbelowed until its original shape was lost altogether.

    Police at the Funeral

  • The pièce de résistance was James Galway, the flutist.

    Barbara Bush

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  • I can kind of give you 'run amok' (or amuck). In Indonesian 'amuk' is a verb all of itself, i.e. not requiring 'to run'. If you said 'berlari amuk', i.e. amuk with the verb 'to run' in front of it, the laughter might conceivably last for days.

    August 1, 2013

  • piece de resistance is a French phrase used in English BUT it is unknown as a phrase in France! They may use plat de resistance instead. I have used the piece de resistance a number of times to impress my French friends but they just look at me blankly. I wonder if there are other examples where a foreign phrase used in English is itself not used or common in the original language?

    July 25, 2013